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Some snow-covered recommendations from the Russian section of Katherine's collection.
Shostakovich’s contemporary Prokofiev gave us some of the most original music composed in the 20th century. He wrote his ballet Romeo and Juliet for the Kirov Ballet, but the huge demands it placed on the dancers meant it wasn’t performed for a number of years. Prokofiev wrote new sections for a 1940 production and it was then that the music really took off. ‘The best bit is The Dance of the Knights, or the Montagues and Capulets,’ says Katherine, ‘which you can now hear in so many other settings – such as on The Apprentice or when the players from Sunderland Athletic run onto the pitch at home games!’
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